Do NOT Physically Abuse Your Drive!

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An Unresponsive Hard Drive is Certainly Frustrating BUT Hitting Is Unlikely to Improve Matters

  • Older drives (pre mid-1990s) did sometimes "stick" because the read/write heads adhered to the disk platters and the motor assembly couldn’t generate enough torque to spin
  • BUT this is not the only reason drives won’t spin and in fact it is almost never the major reason newer drives won’t spin

Tapping, slapping, banging, dropping or otherwise abusing your hard drive will almost always lead to scratched disk platters, which will probably only worsen your chances of saving data!